Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 107: Dracula Untold (2014) and The Judge (2014) and The Longest Swim (2014) and See No Evil 2 (2014) and Swelter (2014) and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

Episode 107

This episode is dedicated to our co-host and friend Karl Huddleston.

Welcome to Movie Podcast Weekly, Episode 107! Our Feature Reviews this week are Dracula Untold and The Judge and The Longest Swim and See No Evil 2 and Swelter and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This week, we are joined once again by our Podbody Award-Winning guest, Wild Man Willis Wheeler.

Also in Episode 107, we bid a (hopefully temporary) farewell to beloved co-host Karl Huddleston, who is taking an indefinite sabbatical from the show. Karl will remain an official co-host of the podcast; he will not be replaced; and he is always welcome back. We wish him well and, like Man-at-Arms and Teela from the Masters of the Universe movie, we do not say “Goodbye” to our friend Karl but rather, “Good Journey!” for each destiny is but a doorway to another.

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly now features three hosts—(the film critic) Jason, (the filmmaker) Josh, and (the guy named) Andy—along with frequent guests. Each week we give you our verdicts on at least one new release that’s currently playing in theaters or on VOD, as well as several mini reviews of what we’ve been watching lately and specialty recommendation segments. New episodes release every single Tuesday!

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If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be that all the children of the world could join hands and sing together in the spirt of harmony and peace. And if I had two wishes this holiday season, the first–of course–would be the stuff about the kids, and the second would be for $30 million dollars a month to be given to Jason Pyles for all of his work on Movie Podcast Weekly. Or at the very least, enough money that Jason wasn’t losing money on the hours of content we provide you with here (as well as on Horror Movie Podcast, The Donut Show, and Movie Stream Cast).

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MOVIE PODCAST WEEKLY Co-Host Andy is the comedic foil to everything the rest of the hosts are attempting to accomplish on the show. His primary duties include making loud rustling noises into the microphone while the others talk, occasionally watching a movie that he’s reviewing on the show, and doing his best to stay awake for the entire length of the podcast.

With absolutely no formal film studies education, Andy’s opinions are likely to be based on things like “feelings” and “opinions” without reference to any actual principles of filmmaking or theory. In fact, Andy is not qualified to be speaking publicly about cinema in any way whatsoever, except for the most important of qualifications: he is a fan.

In truth, Andy is actually far more intelligent, thoughtful and capable than he likes to let on. When not watching movies, Andy likes to eat Pop Rocks.

Andy wrote for the Considering the Cinema blog with Jason Pyles and was a co-host on the Considering the Sequels podcast with Jason Pyles and Karl Huddleston, prior to Movie Podcast Weekly.


Karl CloseMOVIE PODCAST WEEKLY Co-Host Karl Huddleston brings an actor’s background to the film discussion on the show, often offering admiration for, and keen insights into, the nuances of thespianic performance. He’s also the resident romantic and sci-fi nerd, a go-to for all of the teenage rom-coms that nobody else wants to see, as well as 70s science fiction that nobody else is old enough to remember.

Originally from Bangor in Northern Ireland, Karl is often referred to by his co-hosts as “The Irishman.” Karl moved to the states at the age of 10, living first in Southern California and later in Utah, where he graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Minor in Film.

After school, Karl spent 10 years in the Television News and Film industries as a director, along with various other positions. Whenever possible, Karl moonlights as an actor (his true passion) and has appeared on television in national series such as CBS’s Touched By An Angel and in independent films such as Lost Forever Everett Ruess.

Karl lives in Utah with his family. According to his wife, Karl spends far too much time and money on movies, both in the theater and on his massive Blu-ray collection, but he just can’t get enough of the fine acting and cinematic storytelling that fills the giant, gaping hole in his blackest of hearts.

Karl was a Co-Host on the Considering the Sequels Podcast with Jason and Andy prior to Movie Podcast Weekly. As of Episode 107 (in October 2014), Karl has taken an indefinite hiatus from podcasting, but he is still an official host of this show, and we anxiously await his triumphant return to MPW someday.


Josh CloseMovie Podcast Weekly Co-Host Joshua Ligairi is a film snob of the highest order, always ready with an obscure indie recommendation, a pretentious art film, or a claw-your-eyes-out-boring classic. If you’ve ever been watching a movie and wondered who the costume designer or even craft services person was on the film crew, Josh is your movie review dream come true.

Born in Hawaii of Fijian descent, Josh was raised throughout the western United States and spent several years in Europe. Active in Utah’s film community since high school, he participated in the Sundance Filmmakers Lab, the LDS Film Festival, and interned on several film productions from the tender age of 15.

Years later, Josh served as a department head over a dozen feature films from 2002 to 2009 and, as an avid name-dropper, he will never hesitate to tell you long-winded stories, with no real arc or conclusion, featuring the myriad of B-list actors he’s worked with from Billy Baldwin to Macaulay Culkin.

Soon, serving the has-been elite was no longer enough and Josh set his sights on directing documentaries, which is show biz industry code for: he’s broke. Josh’s non-fiction work has landed at major film festivals like the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, on major television networks like National Geographic Channel, won him numerous awards (including a Distinguished Alumni Award for Journalism from Utah Valley University) and earned him, literally, hundreds of dollars.

Nowadays, Josh spends much of his free time developing and watching non-fiction television. He is a Survivor super fan and will readily fist fight anyone who says it sucks. He is currently in various stages of production on several documentary projects including Skeleton Picnic and Salamander (both shooting piece meal in Utah) and Near the Bear and Plan 241 (both going strong in Alaska).

Josh has been a co-host on several movie-themed podcasts including The Documentary Blog Podcast, Horror Metropolis, Drive-In of the Damned, Land of the Creeps, Horror Movie Podcast, and Movie Podcast Weekly. Josh is also currently the Producer / Host of Movie Stream Cast and is prepping new episodes of The Documentary Podcast and Midnight Double Feature for future release.